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MINISTER'S DIRECTIVE NO. MD 2010-09 Language Proficiency Required to Teach in French/English as a Second Language

Minister’s Directive
No. DM 2010-09

Language Proficiency Required to Teach in French/English as a Second Language

Pursuant to Section 8 (2) (d) of the School Act, I hereby issue the following Minister’s Directive on the required oral language proficiency of teachers teaching in French/English as a second language.

1.0 Objective

The purpose is to provide direction to the School Boards regarding the language proficiency of teachers who teach French or English as a second language.

2.0 Definitions
 
 2.1 Teacher
  A member of a teaching staff who holds a teacher’s certificate issued by the Department and is actually under contract by an employer in compliance with the regulations of the School Act.
 
 2.2 New Brunswick Oral Language Proficiency Test
  A resource used to assess a person’s oral linguistic performance.  
  
 2.3 Superior Level of the New Brunswick Oral Language Proficiency Test
  At this level, a person can fluently speak the language required for professional needs. 
  
 2.4 Advanced Level of the New Brunswick Oral Language Proficiency Test
  At this level, a person can speak the language with enough syntaxic and lexical accuracy to participate fully in formal and informal conversations on practical, social and professional topics.
 

3.0 Reference Documents

 For further information on teacher certification and hiring policies, please see the following policies:
         
   3.1 Eastern School District, Western School Board and La Commission scolaire de langue française hiring policies

   3.2 Prince Edward Island teacher certification policies


4.0 Roles and responsibilities


    4.1 School Board

      4.1.1 The school board shall hire teachers having the required oral proficiency level according to the   Minister’s Directive.

      4.1.2 In the event that there are no qualified teachers having the required oral proficiency level, a school board may hire a teacher who has not achieved the required level, provided that the teacher reaches that level during the first two years of teaching and before obtaining permanent status to teach in the above noted programs. (See Section 5)

      4.1.3 The school board will monitor the oral proficiency of a teacher who is hired under Section 4.1.2.

      4.1.4 The school board shall create a professional development plan, in collaboration with the teacher and the school principal, if he/she does not make progress on the proficiency level within the two-year probationary contract.  This plan will identify and record participation in professional development opportunities that enable the teacher to improve his or her language proficiency.

      4.1.5 The school board will ensure that the person has acquired the required language skills within two years. Assuming that the status for language proficiency is not attained, the person will be transferred to another assignment in that board, as per the memorandum of agreement
 
           
    4.2 Teacher 

       4.2.1 The teacher must pass the language proficiency test before receiving a permanent contract. The teacher who has taken intensive language training for at least three weeks can make a request to be evaluated a second time.

       4.2.2 The teacher will have to indicate in his or her professional development plan the language development activities chosen and demonstrate in which activities he or she participated in order to maintain his or her proficiency level.  

       4.2.3 The teacher hired under Section 5 of this Ministers’ Directive shall participate in professional development opportunities and/or language training to improve the proficiency level and attain the required level within the first two years of teaching before obtaining permanent status to teach in a second language.

5.0 Directives for Proficiency Levels

Subject to Section 4.1.2 of this Directive,

   5.1 Every teacher teaching in the French Immersion Program must achieve the superior level of the oral language proficiency test.

   5.2 Every teacher teaching in the Core French, Intensive French or Enhanced French  program in an English first language school or English second language in a French first language school must achieve the advanced level of the oral language proficiency test.

   5.3 Every teacher teaching English Second Language at the senior high school level in the French First Language School must achieve the superior level of the oral language proficiency test.


 

DATED ____ November, 2010, in Summerside,

 

 

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Doug Currie       
Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development

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